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Our Team

John and Jill Hoffman 

President and Vice-President


Favorite Grass: Carex plantaginea

Jill saw a huge mass of it growing in its native habitat in the mountains of North Carolina 20 years ago. She's loved it ever since.

John has too many favorites to name just one. We're still trying to pin him down on it.

Scott Epps

Nursery Manager


Favorite Grass: Panicum virgatum 'Dallas Blues'

Scott says Blue Switchgrass has great color, wide leaves, beautiful flowers, striking fall foliage, and looks great all winter long.

Magan Ellixson

Director of In-house Sales and Customer Service


Favorite Grass: Nassella tenuissima

Magan favors Mexican Feather Grass for its fine textured, lime green foliage. She also likes its versatility—it looks amazing planted in masses and can dress up a container.

Darren Barshaw

Director of Outside Sales


Favorite Grass: Schizachyrium scoparium 'Smoke Signal' PPAF

Darren likes the fact that Little Bluestems are tough as nails. 'Smoke Signal' is no different, but it's early, deep red coloring sets it apart. And, he says, it has a great habit.

Jessi Warren

Sales and Customer Service Assistant


Favorite Grass: Leymus arenarius 'Blue Dune'

Jessi has many favorites, but she loves the unique color and structure of Leymus arenarius 'Blue Dune' the best. She appreciates that its bright blue color can be seen clearly from a distance, and it contrasts well with other plants.

Annie Saunders

Sales and Customer Service Assistant


Favorite Grass: Carex divulsa

Annie likes Grassland Sedge for its neat habit and fine, deep green foliage. Because it can handle the dry shade under mature trees, it's one of her favorites to recommend for tough spots.

Shannon Currey

Marketing Director


Favorite Grass: Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

Shannon says Red Switchgass is a beautiful, native grass that's tough and adaptable. She really loves the seed heads on Panicum and wishes she could capture them better in photographs.

Bill Hall

Head Grower


Favorite Grass: Panicum virgatum 'Northwind

Bill is a fan of 'Northwind'. He likes the dramatic look it brings to the landscape—strong, upright and vertical, with blue green foliage. It's also tough, sturdy, and a dependable performer. All this from a North American native puts Panicum 'Northwind' at the top Bill's list.

David Hoffman

Project Manager


Favorite Grass: Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

David is partial to the architecture of Feather Reed Grass and to the color contrast between flowers and foliage. He says this grass complements any landscape as a specimen or in groups.

Scott Stirrup

Shipping Manager


Favorite Grass: Sporobolus heterolepis

Scott likes Prairie Dropseed because it looks like a Chia Pet in spring after it's been cut back. We're not sure that's the real reason, but that's his story, and he's sticking to it.

Martha Hamblin

Director of HR and Legal


Favorite Grass: Chasmanthium latifolium

Martha likes the texture and seasonal color variation of the seedheads. She also likes the way they move in a breeze. She grew up near the ocean, and River Oats remind her of the Sea Oats (Uniola paniculata) she loved as a child.

Rian Bigelow

Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable


Favorite Grass: not sure yet

Rian is still figuring out the whole grass thing, so she doesn't have a favorite yet. She's enjoying getting to know them.

Joseph Luhn

Inventory Management/Programming Specialist


Favorite Grass: Panicum virgatum 'Squaw'

Joe likes 'Squaw' for its vibrant green, two-toned foliage and versatile size. One side of the blade is darker than the other, which makes 'Squaw' especially cool in motion. He says you can use it almost anywhere as an accent without overpowering nearby plants. It also looks good in masses. "Best. Panicum. Ever."

Our team members make Hoffman Nursery a great place to work. We appreciate their hard work and commitment to high quality in everything they do.

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